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Appalachian student receives statewide Community Impact Student Award

07_11Brown05_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University student Kara Brown from Charlotte has received the N.C. Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award. The award was presented at the annual N.C. Campus Compact Student Conference held at East Carolina University.

The award is presented each year to students who have made significant, innovative contributions to campus-based efforts to address community needs. Brown is one of 26 college students from across North Carolina to be recognized for their outstanding achievements.

“Kara spans the breadth and depth of what we hope a student aspires to achieve beyond active membership in a service organization,” said Jenny Koehn, community services coordinator for Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT), Appalachian’s student volunteer clearinghouse.

“Kara wasted no time getting involved in serving her community at Appalachian,” Koehn said. “As a first-year student, she was an inaugural member of NC-ACTS, contributing 300 hours of individual service at a resource center for the local Hispanic population, and co-founded Appalachian’s Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Kara has only become more and more involved in making the community a better place.”

David Eisner, CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Lisa Keyne, N.C. Campus Compact executive director, presented the award to Brown during the conference’s awards presentation before an audience of more than 350 college students representing 29 schools and two states.

Brown is a senior psychology major with minors in geography and Spanish. She plans to graduate in 2008. She has been involved with service at Appalachian since her freshman year. She is co-chair of the student service and leadership team called impACT, served as student chair on the executive planning committee for Martin Luther King Jr. Challenge 2007, and has coordinated and participated in international service and service-learning trips.

Brown has been integral in raising awareness and funds for the fight against cancer at Appalachian. She co-founded the ASU Relay for Life and started a Colleges Against Cancer club on campus. Brown is also active in community-based research, focusing on “the real cost of homelessness.” She is considering joining an AmeriCorps program after she graduates.

N.C. Campus Compact is a growing statewide coalition of higher education presidents and chancellors in North Carolina that was established to encourage and support campus engagement in the community.